Hey guys, here is a quick recap of what was shown at this years CES 2013. Day 1 was a bit of an odd day. Usually we see a lot of huge announcements, but this year the schedule was a little different. Now I’m not saying a lot of huge announcements weren’t presented, but we had a different array from the normal CES. Lets get started.
Lets kick it off with mobile, first off T-Mobile is claiming to be the first NA Carrier to have HD Voice quality in their phones, this will be discussed more as the week goes on. This does not mean you have to get a new phone. As long as your phone has this feature on it already, which includes a lot of mainstream phones, then you will be able to use this feature. If you’re unsure if you have it, or want to know how to get it, just contact a T-Mobile retailer.
This year at CES we knew we would see a lot of new phone technology, but what is new to the near future? Well, for one, we will see a lot of native 1080p phones. This has been discussed since HD phones were first introduced because almost all of them only went to 720p. Some claimed to have 1080p but it wasn’t the native for the phone. Well, they heard our voices and we will see almost all the phone manufactures making their phones in full native 1080p.
Intel has finally hit the mobile market with a huge bang. They had an extensive section of their keynote dedicated not only to tablet hardware, but also phone hardware. They showed off the competition and their hardware dominated the competition. Expect Intel phones to be coming out, and being better.
Lastly in mobile we are now seeing Smart Watches. These were shown last year but people were skeptic as to how good they could be. After a year, the Italian company promises that they’ve made a lot of internal improvements to make this a product worth getting. You can order your “I’m Watch” this May for $169
Moving onto tablets. We’ve seen tablets become a huge part of society since Apple launched it’s iPad a few years ago, and ever since just about every tech company has jumped on board thus creating a massive market. What’s new this year with tablets though? Well a lot actually… As mentioned before, Intel had a long section of their keynote in tablets. Why is this? Well, because they’re getting involved with companies like Qualcomm and they want to expand and demonstrate they’re not only the best with PC hardware, but with hardware in other devices as well. Intel is working with manufactures to put Intel powered hardware into their devices and these companies are more than satisfied with the results. You can buy the tablets that were presented at the CES 2013 Intel conference in Q1 of 2013.
We’ve all seen the “PC Style Windows Tablet” but did they really start this? Not really, they’re the only ones to heavily market this idea. This year we saw a lot of companies (too many to list) that came out with high powered tablets that can be used as a PC. Expect more to be released, and a price drop in Q2 and Q3 in these style of tablets.
Speaking of PC Tablets, we have a huge announcement from Razer today. Last year we saw the Razer Fiona, which was described as a touch pad gaming device. With the growth of high powered tablets, Razer has remade the Fiona into the Razer Edge. (More on this below)
TV’s…TV’s everywhere. Unfortunately all the talk has been about curved TV’s and 4k TV’s and honestly I could care less…and here’s why you should too. These TV’s cost too much for most people. They’re going to cost more than LED when they first came out, and cost more than 3D TV’s when they first came out. Rumors are that we will see some in Q2 of this year for less than $2000, but I find that very doubtful. So that’s my section on TV’s.
Razer Edge how amazing you seem to be. A lot of you have probably only heard of Razer just a little bit, but let me give you a history lesson on Razer. They didn’t really make a mark on the map until about 2005. They were marketed towards only competitive gamers with their products like the Copperhead mouse and the Diamondback. These products were top of the line mice for gamers, but this would only be it’s beginning. In 2006 they expanded into other computer accessories like keyboards and headsets. These products were called the Barracuda (which included a soundcard) and The Tarantula Keyboard. Both very expensive products at launch, but most owners claimed they were completely worth it. Over time Razer expanded these 3 products, Mice (and accessories), keyboards, and headsets. It wasn’t until the recent years that they expanded into a different market such as laptops. Now for the past year it only seems that Razer will continue to grow, and possibly be known as a company with superior technologies and products. With the Blade being a superior laptop, the Edge will only help them become a superior tablet.
The Razer edge includes an Intel Core i7 processor that can be upgraded, along with 4-8GB of RAM, an SSD for storage, and weighing only 2 pounds…it really will come down to it’s software capabilities. Oh and the best part about this product…it’s not ridiculously expensive. Starting at $999 and upgrades making it only $1299..this is one hell of a tablet.
That’s it for day 1 at CES 2013 guys, I will have a recap of day 2 tomorrow!